In April 2012, Volition the cathedral volunteer programme was launched by Manchester Cathedral. Starting with just 15 volunteers the programme quickly gained momentum and within our first two years over 100 people had gained a job with our support. Now we have twice as many volunteers each year than when we started and more than 700 volunteers have taken part. Volunteers from earlier groups are still around to support and mentor new groups coming in, inspiring them to grasp the opportunity with both hands and achieve their full potential.
Volunteering – There’s a wide variety of roles available and volunteers are matched to a role to give them the skills and experience needed to secure employment. Manchester can offer roles in;–Welcoming, Administration, Caretaking, Retail, Barista, Kitchen Porter, Bee Keeping, Education, Gardening, Cooking and Conferencing.
Employers – We knew that bringing employers on board would be vital to the success of the programme. Our main ask was to guarantee job interviews to our volunteers but now they do so much more as well including; delivering training sessions, donating interview clothes, allowing access to training room, careers talks and offering legal advice. Our partnership has grown massively in membership winning the Business in the Community Award with Manchester City Council. Extra special thanks go to The Manchester Arndale, Proper Tea, Kelly Services, the Renaissance Hotel, DWF Solicitors and Virgin Money, NCP, CityCo, Harvey Nichols, McDonald Hotel most of these have been with us from the start.
Partners – As the programme has grown our collaborated with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have developed to create more opportunities. Volunteers train with GMFRS as Fire Safety Officers enabling them to provide fire safety advice to vulnerable people in their homes and fit smoke alarms. We’re also developing volunteer roles with Manchester City Council where our volunteers operate at the Cenotaph to offer a welcome to visitors. We have other vital partners for the programme include:
My life didn’t have any direction before I started volunteering at the cathedral. Now I’m working at St Deny’s bookshop as a sales assistant, I’m getting driving lessons and life...Read More >
I wasn’t getting responses from employers when I applied for jobs which really affected my confidence and I started to think I’d never find a job. Volition changed all that,...Read More >
ANTHONY O'CONNORDirector of Fundraising & Development
JOHN EMSLEYVolunteer Programme Coordinator
CANON ADRIAN RHODESVolunteer Bee Coordinator
AMBER SANCHEZDeputy Beekeeper
AMIE SMITHAdmin Assistant
ANDY PIERCEAssistant Volunteer Coordinator
Laura HenshawVolition Volunteer Manager
Tel: 0161 833 2220